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Formed in Ontario in 1969, by Geddy
Lee, Alex Lifeson, and John Rutsey, Rush began as a cover
outfit, playing material by such bands as Iron Butterfly and Cream.
The first album (RUSH) was released in 1974, and when John Rutsey
departed with an illness right after this release, the addition
of Neil Peart gave Rush the last thing they needed to become the
"Best Power Trio" of ever.
The band began experimenting with more adventurous, often epic-length
song structures, and essentially became progressive rockers.
Songs like Anthem, The Fountain of Lamneth, 2112, Xanadu, La Vila
Strangiatto, YYZ and many others showed the world how virtuosic
musicians they are, and Peart (the main lyricist) also brought
with him a flair for intelligent, mythological/fantasy-based lyrics
(which in my opinion has reached the top in 1978īs Hemispheres
Geddy is in the Bass Hall of Fame for Guitar Player Magazine
Has been voted Best Rock Bassist more than 6 times
Geddy won "best Rock Bass player" in the 1993 "Bass
Player" readers' poll.
Geddy Lee was born July 29, 1953. Geddy's real name is Gary
Lee Weinrib. He is currently married, has a son name Julian &
a daughter Kyla. Tennis and particularly baseball are Geddy's
favorite sports. He has even expressed interest in running a minor
league baseball team in the past. When the band is not touring,
Geddy lives outside of Toronto.
|Neil's Award Achievements in the "Modern
Drummer" magazine reader's poll:
Best Recorded Performance:
1986 Honor Roll: Rock Drummer, Multi-Percussion
Voted to Modern Drummer Hall of Fame: 1983
Best Rock Drummer: 1980,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985
Best Multi-Percussionist: 1983,1984,1985,1986
Best Percussion Instrumentalist: 1982
Most Promising New Drummer: 1980
Best All Around: 1986
As a member
of the Honor Roll in these categories, Neil is no longer eligible
for votes in the above categories.
Neil Peart was born September 12,
1952. He took up drumming when he was 13 years old and received
professional drum lessons for his birthday. Originally inspired
by the aggressive drumming of the late Keith Moon, he is also
influenced by the likes of Carl Palmer and Bill Bruford.
Neil grew up near Toronto and played in a series of high school
bands before moving to London during the early 70's in order to
try and further is musical career. While there he worked as a
salesman at a shop called The Great Frog in the tourist district
of Carnaby Street. Disillusioned by the British music scene he
later returned to Canada where he eventually hooked up with Geddy
and Alex. He became a member of Rush in June, 1974.
Neil likes to read and his lyrical influences stem from some
of his literary heroes - Ernest Hemmingway, John Steinbeck, F.
Scott Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, Barth, Rand, and Gabriel Garcia
Neil has also written articles and editorials, and in 1994 co-authored
a short story "Drumbeats" with Kevin J. Anderson for
the horror anthology Shock
Recently, his daughter Selena has died in a car accident, and
his wife has died from Cancer.
Alex Lifeson was born on August 27, 1953,
in the mountain fishing port of Fernie, British Columbia. Alex's
real name is Alex Zivojinovic. He started playing guitar when
he was 12, having previously made an unsuccessful attempt at trying
to learn viola. His first six-string was a Kent classical acoustic,
which his father bought him as a Christmas present. A year later
Alex acquired a $59 Japanese electric model.
His early guitar influences are Eric Clapton,
Jeff Beck, Jimmy Hendrix, and Jimmy Page. He was basically self-taught
as a guitarist. His only formal training was during Rush's early
days on the Toronto club circuit.
"A friend I went to school with taught
classical guitar," Alex recalls. "He was a very good
teacher and I studied with him for about a year and a half. That
started around 1971, but then one day he was in a motorcycle accident
and had to go to hospital, so the lessons kind of fell off. Also,
we'd started to play in clubs a lot more, so I wouldn't really
have had the time to keep them up anyway."
Other contemporary guitarists whom Alex
admires include Paco De Lucia, Allan Holdsworth, Edward Van Halen,
Andy Summers and Rory Gallagher.
He is currently married and has two sons,
Justin and Adrian. When not on tour, he also spends time flying,
and is in fact, a licensed pilot. He also has a strong reputation
in the group as a gourmet cook.
He released a solo album titled "Victor"
in January 1996.
Alex Lifeson on himself:
I started playing when I was about 11 years
old. I begged for a guitar for Christmas, and got an $11 Kent
acoustic--it was just terrible,
but my parents still have it [laughs]. Then the following Christmas
my parents bought me a Cenora, which sort of looked like a Gretch
Country Gentleman. Both were inexpensive, poorly Japanese guitars.
I borrowed the guy-next-door's Paul amp whenever I could, and
taped "Vox" in black tape on the front of it [laughs].
I played for hours and hours and hours.